theperksofnotbeingsara asked: the truth is that villa's goal is offside, but I do think that it would have been a matter of time for Spain to score another goal against us. Oh, and if we had done the penalties, we would definitely lose. Casillas is the best keeper in the world for some reason, and he has a quite big list of penalties that he has stopped. - just thought I should tell you this..
Since we already know the result, there is probably very little point in speculating on what could have been but I would like to clarify why I think Portugal could have won, had Villia’s goal been correctly ruled offside.
No one can question that Casillas is an exceptional goalkeeper. Portugal under Carlos Quieroz were exceptionally strong in defense, having conceded only 3 goals in the previous 19 matches. Villa’s offside goal was the first they had conceded in the tournament, while Spain had already conceded 2.
Offensively, Spain were not at their best either, having scored only 8 goals in 7 matches. Portugal had only 1 less goal but in half the number of matches. So I disagree that a Spain goal was inevitable.
If it had come to penalties, yes Casillas has a strong record but so does Eduardo. I don’t recall if Iker has ever made 3 penalty saves in a single shootout but Eduardo definitely has. Portugal is known for their ability to win matches on penalty saves, and while much of that reputation can be attributed to Ricardo’s skills, I think it would be unwise to bet against a Portuguese goalkeeper in a penalty shootout.